Florida passes 61,000 COVID-19 deaths

Florida passes 61,000 COVID-19 deaths

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More than 61,000 Florida residents have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early 2020, according to a report released Friday by the state health department.

As of Thursday, 61,081 deaths have been reported. This was up from 60,697 in the previous week, although the delay in reporting makes it difficult to determine when the deaths occurred.

Ministry of Health figures also showed that 3,677,968 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the pandemic began. Separately, the US Department of Health and Human Services released data on Friday that showed 1,383 inpatients at a Florida hospital have COVID-19, including 264 in intensive care units. Florida saw a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the summer due to the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. But these numbers dropped significantly in September, October and the first part of November.

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